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The podcast network for serious golfers. TalkinGolf launched as an online audio show way back before podcasts (or even the iPhone) were a thing. We've been on an extended break since 2012 but now we're back and creating new and interesting content each week as well as a sprinkling of some of the best stuff from the archives.

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  • Episode 58: TGH 58: The Golf Club Without a Course

    January 18th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  26 mins 41 secs
    golf architecture, golf history, oakmont, pittsburgh, pittsburgh golf club, usga

    Golf From The Fringe presents "The Golf Club Without a Course."

    The TalkinGolf History introduced the first ever storyline podcast in 2018, when it introduced the Golf From the Fringe series - after a year off, our latest show captures the unique story of the history of the Pittsburgh Golf Club - which includes a runaway bride, a billionaire, the US President, Queen Victoria, the battle between private and public golf, the formation of the Western PA Golf Association, the creation of Oakmont, Fox Chapel and the Pittsburgh Field Club -----all in 26 minutes of run time.

    The soundtrack alone makes this podcast worth listening to, as it follows 60 years of popular music through the duration of our story's timeline.

    Sountrack includes:

    Kevin MacLeod's "Wizardtorium"
    Kevin MacLeod (
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    Nabucco Va Pensiero circa 1840

    Johann Strauss II, "Roses From A Southern Waltz" perfomed by the Philadelphia Orchestra circa 1880

    Charles B. Ward, "The Band Played On" circa 1895

    Scott Joplin, "Original Rags" circa 1899

    Elizabeth Lennox, In the Gloaming" circa 1910

    Kevin MacLeod, "Atlantean Twilight"
    "Atlantean Twilight"
    Kevin MacLeod (
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

  • Episode 57: TGH 57: Stories of the Game with Ben Wright

    January 4th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 1 min
    augusta national, ben hogan, bobby jones, golf, golf history, golf stories, jack nicklaus, the masters

    History is all about stories and on this episode we get right to the chase in a game I call "Name Assocition." I simply say a name to Ben Wright and then stand back and wait to hear a wonderful story - an often a story I had never heard before.

    Stories on Seve, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ken Venturi, Byron Nelson, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Dan Jenkins, Peter Allis, Sean Connery, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus.

    Some of these stories will make you laugh...others may shock you.

    A note to parents: adult language is present in this podcast.

  • Episode 56: TGH 56: My Friend, Ben Hogan

    December 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 16 mins
    ben hogan, ben wright, golf, golf history, majors, the masters, the open

    The TalkinGolf History podcast finishes its second season with legendary writer and broadcaster, Ben Wright who spent three decades in the towers of Augusta National broadcasting the Masters.

    Mr. Wright joins us for a series of podcasts kicking off with "My Friend, Ben Hogan" where he talks about his special friendship with Ben Hogan and how he saw every single shot Ben Hogan hit to claim the 1953 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    What was it like to see Hogan at his very best?

    A story about Jack Nicklaus crying at the Open.

    Ben Wright hitting irons while being watched by Ben Hogan.

    This is a must listen to episode...and the good news...there are at least 2 more interviews with Ben Wright coming!!!

  • Episode 55: TGH 55: The History of Perry Maxwell

    November 23rd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 13 mins
    golf, golf course architecture, golf design, golf history, perry maxwell, prairie dunes

    The Golf Course Architecture Magician of the Midwest had the marvelous ability to shape the land in such a way that it would appear that it had to be Nature's work - it has been said that you wont find 18 better greens in the world, than you will find at the Maxwell Masterpiece - Prairie Dunes County Club. Prairie Dunes, much like Perry Maxwell somehow sits under the radar- both the club and the man were gamechangers for golf design in America, built upon the traditions of the old Scottish game.

    Download and listen to this ode to Perry Maxwell - the genius of the shadows- perhaps the only man to have completed design work at Pine Valley, Augusta National and Cypress Point.

  • Episode 54: TGH 54: The Masters: The Making of a Major

    November 9th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 26 mins
    augusta national, bobby jones, golf, golf history, golf majors, green jacket, the masters

    We welcome back to the podcast Jeff Martin, golf researcher and founder of Thinking About Golf. After to listening to Episode #3, Jeff decided to do some research - little did he know that his research would encompass hundreds of hours to get to the very root of the questions;
    When did the The Augusta National Invitational become the Masters?
    When did the Masters become a Major Championship?
    And the search for the lost apostrophe...

    Listen in and learn more about what is usually the first major of the year and in 2020 will be the last major of the year.

  • Episode 53: TGH 53: The Evolution of Augusta Part 2: Holes 10-18

    November 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 30 mins
    alister mackenzie, augusta national, bobby jones, golf, golf design, the masters

    On this episode of TalkinGolf History, the gentlemen from Evalu18 dive into the second nine of Augusta National and how it has evolved since its inception. We end this show discussing what if anything we might recommend in terms of restoring ANGC.

  • Episode 52: TGH 52: The Evolution of Augusta National Part 1

    November 2nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 28 mins
    alister mackenzie, august national, bobby jones, green jacket, the masters

    On this episode of TalkinGolf History we are joined by Jasper Miner and Joe McDonnell of Evalu18 to discuss the evolution of Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones' masterpiece, Augusta National Golf Club. In part one we dive into the first 9 holes and how they have evolved over the past 87 years.

    In Episode 53 we will discuss the final 9 holes at Augusta National.

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  • Episode 51: TGH 51: A Haunting on the Links

    October 24th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 15 mins
    ghost, ghost stories, haunted, haunted golf, haunted house, scary golf

    What was that noise? Did you know that this place is haunted?
    Whether its floating apparitions, a voice out of no where or things moving seemingly by themselves - this podcast recounts the stories of real golfers telling their paranormal experiences on the links. Stories of murder, peg legged ghost and singing spectres will follow.

    It is our pleasure to welcome back to the podcast golf historian & author, Anthony Pioppi to discuss the book he co-authored with Chris Gonsalves, "Haunted Golf: Spirted Tales from the Rough."

    Music produced by David Fesliyan at

  • Episode 50: TGH 50: Saint Andrew's Golf Club

    October 15th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 32 mins
    golf history, jack nicklaus, john reid, st andrew's, usga

    Saint Andrew's Golf Club in New York is known as the club of many firsts - it is the seed that grew golf across the United States. We dive into the history of one of the five founding clubs of the USGA and how a three hole course in a cow pasture helped start a golf craze that spread across the United States.

  • Episode 49: TGH 49: The History of Prairie Dunes

    October 5th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  56 mins 49 secs
    golf course architecture, golf history, perry maxwell, prairie dunes, press maxwell

    This is the story of Prairie Dunes Country Club which nealry every publication considers it to be one of the Top 30 Golf Courses in the United States. It was built during the Great Depression with a singular focus of being the best golf course in the USA... many believed it reached that goal.

    Join our discussion with PDCC Historians Rusty Hilst and Jim Gilliland as we explore the club's history and look behind the curtain of golf's version of Field of Dreams.

  • Episode 48: TGH 48: The House of Winged Foot

    September 15th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 4 mins
    architecture, clubhouses, golf, us open, winged foot

    On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we explore not just the architecture and the architect of the historic Winged Foot Golf Club clubhouse, but the history of Golf Clubhouse Architecture in America. Our guest today is Jim Sitar, the person behind the famous Instagram account, "GolfClubHouses," where you can explore many of the famous clubhouses from around the world.

    Clubhouses provide more than just a place to change your shoes - listen in for the history and evolution of the buildings many of us take for granted.

  • Episode 47: TGH 47: The Old Man - Walter Travis

    September 11th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 17 mins
    garden city, golf, golf history, us amateur, usga, walter travis

    Walter Travis lived the life that so many of us dream of - picking up the game just under the age of 35 and winning 4 major championships he became not only America's hero, but Austrialia's first major champion!

    Walter Travis only gave golf 30 years of his life, but his contributions can be felt by everyone who has ever picked up a golf club. He was called the Old Man, but in reality he was Golf's Renaissance Man.

  • Episode 46: TGH 46: There's a Gangster on the Green!

    August 28th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  57 mins 54 secs
    al capone, bmw championship, fedex cup, golf, olympia fields, western open

    This is one of the most fascinating episodes of the TalkinGolf History Podcast I have ever done - the story of one of Al Capone's Hitmen, the man who likely designed the infamous St Valentine's Day Massacre and the story of how he played in the 1933 Western Open at Olympia Fields...and was arrested on the course during the second round of play!

    If that isnt good enough for you our guest John Fischer discusses his father, the last man to win a major championship using hickory shafted clubs, and for decades was responsible for setting the pins for the Masters. This episode is surely bound for the TGH Hall of Fame!!!

  • Episode 45: TGH 45: History of Olympia Fields (Part 2)

    August 27th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 9 mins
    bobby jones, golf history, golf majors, olympia fields, us open, usga, walter hagen

    TalkinGolf History is proud to release Part 2 of the History of Olympia Fields Country Club, with special guests Bob Topel and Andy Staples. In this episode we discuss how the major championships forged the lore of the Home of Champions...Olympia Fields and then dive into how a masterplan for a restoration can help celebrate this historic club's legacy.

    A great conversation and a couple of laughs follow. As always...enjoy!

  • Episode 44: TGH 44: History of Olympia Fields (Part 1 or 2)

    August 24th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  56 mins 23 secs
    golf architecture, golf history, major championships, olympia fields

    In Episode 44 we are joined by special guests, Olympia Fields Historian, Bob Topel and Golf Course Architect, Andy Staples to discuss the history of one of the finest country clubs in the United States of America. Over the course of this two part special we will dive into the history of Olympia Fields, how we almost lost her to the Great Depression, the architects who designed her 4 courses and the majors that defined her.

    "Olympia Fields was the Private Bandon Dunes of her time."

    • Andy Staples
  • Episode 43: TGH 43: USGA's Schickler Photography Acquisition

    August 19th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 3 mins
    golf photo, golf photographs, howard schickler, usga, usga museum

    On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we dive into one of the most important visual acquisitions in USGA Museum's History. Over the past several decades Howard Schickler has amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of early golf photography starting from the earliest days of photography and running through the period that preceded World War I.

    Our two guests today Howard Schickler, the curator of this collection and Hilary Cronheim, the Senior Director of the USGA Golf Museum discuss the collection and its ability to help tell golf's great history.